EUROCORES (EUROpean COllaborative RESearch) Scheme

Please note that no new EUROCORES Calls will be launched.


The EUROCORES Scheme enshrines ESF’s goals of enhancing synergy at a pan-European level by providing a framework to bring together national research funding organisations and supporting interdisciplinary research in non-traditional areas, thereby opening new horizons in science.

ESF oversees the process of selecting EUROCORES programmes from start-to-finish, including an international peer review panel, a ranking process and research dissemination activities.

EUROCORES programmes are broad and complex in nature, with topics selected through an open call for themes. Uniquely, EUROCORES networking activities bring together researchers who will eventually conduct their research at the bench together.

EUROCORES also features a complementary scheme in the social sciences called the “European Collaborative Research Projects” (ECRP) scheme, which has no thematic orientation to its annual Call for Proposals. Please click here for more information.


EUROCORES offers a difference

EUROCORES is unique because it enables national research funding and research performing organisations as well as ministries to come together and fund innovative scientific projects. In fact, funding is not just provided on a European level but can also come from organisations outside Europe. In addition to this unique funding opportunity, EUROCORES offers added value through strong science management where scientific synergy is achieved through active and targeted networking. Programme monitoring includes mid-term and final evaluation of the collaborative research projects and of the programme as a whole.


The European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP) scheme, under the remit of the EUROCORES office, promotes investigator-driven, multinational collaborative research in the social sciences. Operating in the responsive-mode, its annual competition is open to applications in all fields of the social sciences. Researchers may collaborate across participating countries on any subject which demonstrates a need for international cooperation, while the funding remains at a national level. Please click here for more information.  

EUROCORES adds value to European research by

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  • Tackling scientific questions requiring an integrated European or even global effort.
  • Creating efficiency by avoiding unnecessary duplication of national research efforts.
  • Serving as a powerful tool to boost high class research at the European level by combining toplevel research with network activities.
  • Eliminating barriers for scientists that want to work together in international teams across borders by enabling them to apply for funding and perform research together.

Scientific coordination and research funding

Until the end of 2008, coordination and networking by the European Science Foundation was funded through the EC FP6 programme, under contract no. ERAS-CT-2003-980409.
Since 2009, the National Funding Organisations have provided the funding for the scientific coordination and networking in addition to the research funding.